1) If Someone Ever Tells You That Mountain Biking Is Fun... Don’t Listen To Them

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2) It’s All An Elaborate Lie

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3) You Have To Ride Through Dark, Muddy Trails...

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4) ...Over Steep Hills

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5) ...Under Depressing Skies

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The Ha Ramabanta Loop in the mountainous African kingdom of Lesotho is stage 4 of an epic enduro race that is run through the country every year, the Lesotho Sky. The stage includes steep singletrack sections with challenging curves as well as lung-bursting climbs. Overall, the 6 day race takes you across 381km of high altitude terrain. It'll take place in September this year, but if you can't wait until then, the company behind it also runs conventional mountain bike tours. Photo: LesothoSky.com

6) ...Through Ugly Tree After Ugly Tree

Seb Ramsay wets himself tackling a puddle... Photo: Tristan

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7)  In Fact, You Never Get To See Anything Other Than Trees

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8) Seriously, If I Have To Look At Another View Like This, I’m Going To Pack It In

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9) You Can't Do It In The City, So What's The Point?

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10) All Mountain Biking Is Pretty Much The Same

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11) There’s Basically No Sense Of Danger...

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All In One Mountain Bike

12) ...And Once You’ve Done One Trail, You’ve Done Them All

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13) The Bikes Are Pretty Freakin’ Ugly...

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14) ...As Is The Bulk of the Other Gear

Romauld Treuil, local mountain biker and the manager of Sport 1600 shop with Meribel and Mont Blanc in the background.

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15) Some Trails Are Just Far TOO Fast To Look Cool

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16) And There’s Just No Reward For The Slow Climbs

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17) You Never Get To See Any Wildlife Either

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18) And The Places You Can Ride Are Just So Limited

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19) You Never Have the Chance To Test Yourself Against Other Riders

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20) There's Nobody To Look To For Inspiration

21) And All The Other Riders on the Tracks Are Always Such Tools

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22) Either That or You’ll End Up With Too Many Friends...

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23) ...And They’ll FORCE You Into Having A Few Beers After You've Finished Riding

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24) The Trails Are Always Too Busy

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Dan Milner and friends throw away the map in search of new trails in North Africa

25) Crowded With Cars and Pollution And Buses And Litter...

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26) ... And There’s Just No Way You Can Possibly Make Them Different Or Better

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27) ...So There Really Is Not Much Fun in Mountain Biking At All

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Season leader, Manon Carpenter matches here performance at Fort William qualifiers and takes the day away from the French lady with a considerable 4.8 second gap. Each round Manon is riding stronger and more confidently. She ticks all the boxes, but just need to put down the result in race run to match.

28) No Challenge

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29) No Scenery

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30) No Adrenaline

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31) No Exciting Festivals or Big Events To Attend


32) And Certainly No Sense of Achievement

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Manon Carpenter snaps those coloured stripes off of 2nd place Rachel Atherton as she win her first ever World Championships. A long time coming for her but she can finally say she has done it. But looking at the bigger picture, a British 1 2 3 is won massive achievement for British Cycling and UK downhill as a whole. Never before has it been seen that 3 country people have been on the podium together a Worlds.

33) So Next Time Someone Tells You They Actually LIKE Doing This

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34) Tell Them The Game is Up. Mountain Biking is The Worst. And They Know It

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